• First Parish of Norwell
    Celebrating 375 years

  • Join Us
    for Worship Sunday 10 a.m.

  • Imagine a religion
    where inspiration comes from many spiritual sources

  • We are
    a Welcoming Church

  • We Value the
    Inherent Worth & Dignity of Every Person

  • Our goal:
    World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all.

  • We Respect
    the interdependent web of all existence

About Us

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for 375 years. Read More.


"In the bonds of fellowship and love, we unite to cultivate reverence, to promote spiritual growth and ethical commitment, to minister to each other's needs and to those of humanity, to celebrate the sacred moments of life's passage, and to honor the holiness at the heart of being."
First Parish of Norwell Covenant


People of diverse beliefs gather as one faith. We aspire to create an extended spiritual family where young and old, Christian and non-christian, theist and humanist can offer each other mutual friendship and support in our common spiritual quest.


The Helen Fogg Service Committee coordinates efforts to reach our service goals by working with and contributing to already existing social justice and outreach efforts. Four areas of focus help to organize our work include: Neighbor to Neighbor, Sustainable Development, Education, and Human Rights.

We Are UU

Unitarian Universalist principles encourage the right of conscience and utilizing the democratic process to achieve social justice, equity, and equal opportunity for all individuals in our local, national, and global communities. At First Parish of Norwell, we support individual and group efforts to bring about a world where no person is denied the right to participate and enjoy the fruits of a just and equitable society.

Who We Are

First Parish Norwell

Minister - Reverend Lise Adams Sherry

Rev. Lise feels pastoral care and rites of passage make up one of the more sacred parts of ministry. During these times, Lise hopes people will trust her with their challenges and their joys. Lise has found that simply offering her presence can be one of the more empowering things she does as a minister.

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Minister's Bio

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Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services at 10 a.m.

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    August 19: Fresh Air and Fellowship Walk
    Join us for a for a walk through the Norris Reservation to the Gordon home on the North River for refreshments and a visit with members of First Parish. Shastin and Scott Garland will lead the group and will depart promptly at 10 a.m. from the NORRIS PARKING lot. If it is raining, or if you prefer to not walk, you can drive directly to the Gordon home at 111 Chittenden Lane for refreshments and conversation. If you prefer to walk to the Gordon home, but need a ride back to your car at the Norris parking lot, the Gordons are happy to give you a lift. If you wish to walk both ways, you will probably get back to your car around 11:30 to 11:45.
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    August 26: Worship Service with Rev. Lise
    Join us at 10 a.m. Topic to be Announced.
  • Summer Church Office Schedule
    The Church Office closed for the summer on Wednesday, June 20. During this time, Donna will be in on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Hope will be in on Tuesdays. They will be in for just an hour or two, and will not be checking voicemails and emails remotely. We suggest calling or emailing before stopping by, as travel plans may affect this schedule. The office will reopen on Tuesday, September 4.
    Summer 2018
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    September 2: Labor Day church clean-up and potluck breakfast
    Join us for our annual breakfast and brief church clean-up. We'll begin at 10 a.m. by sharing a potluck breakfast, then roll up our sleeves to tidy and clean our beloved church home. We'll be finished by 1 p.m. at the latest. If you can't stay the whole time, no worries. All help and fellowship are welcome.
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    September 9: Backpack Blessing & Multigenerational Water Communion Service
    Join all ages as we bless our young students’ backpacks along with briefcases, purses, diaper bags and other conveyances that may be brought forward as we all begin our fall schedule again. We’ll follow this with our Water Communion Service where we share water from the sources that fed us spiritually this summer, whether that was the Ganges, an ocean, the North River or our own garden hoses. The water we blend together represents our loving and diverse community, and will be used for other blessings throughout the year. After the service, join Rev. Lise to disperse last year’s water in the Memorial Garden. If you forget your own water collection, we’ll have proxy water available.
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